Man found guilty of murdering pregnant girlfriend

A Portuguese factory worker has been found guilty of murdering his pregnant girlfriend.

Hugo Quintas, 25, murdered Hayley Richards, 23, at her flat in Trowbridge, Wiltshire last June.

Bristol Crown Court heard how Quintas slit Ms Richards' throat after she admitted sleeping with another man.

Quintas had denied murder but had pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of provocation. However, the jury convicted him of murder.

Ms Richards had thrown Quintas out of her flat six days before the murder. She had told Wiltshire Police that she was "petrified" of Quintas and was afraid he would "go mad" if he found out she had reported him to police.

However, police failed to arrest Quintas following her complaint. The Independent Police Complaints Commission is now investigating the force's handling of the complaint.

Quintas' friend, Sergio da Cunha, 30, was found not guilty of perverting the course of justice. He had been accused of washing Quintas' bloody clothes and helping him to catch a flight to Portugal after the murder.


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